Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of disorders characterized by easy bruising, loose joints, skin hyperelasticity and weakness of tissues. These disorders are inherited and result from faulty connective tissue which affects the skin, tendons, muscles and blood vessels.

The Ayurvedic treatment of this condition is aimed at treating the symptoms and attempting to reverse the basic pathology of the disease. Medicines like Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Behada (Terminalia bellerica) and Draksha (Vitis vinifera) are used to improve the quality of the connective tissue which binds the skin, tendons, muscles and blood vessels. Medicines like Yashtimadhuk-Ghrut, Triphala-Ghrut, Chandan-Bala-Laxadi oil, Mahanarayan oil and Mahamash oil can be applied to the skin to reduce hyperelasticity and prevent tearing, bruising and atrophy of the skin.

Medicines like Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivasav, Chandrakala-Ras, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu and Laxadi-Guggulu can be used to prevent fragility and easy rupture of blood vessels. Medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu, Ashwagandharishta, Shatavari-Kalpa, Ashwagandhadi-Churna, Drakshasav, Ksheer-Bala oil, Tapyadi-Loh, Ekang-Veer-Ras and Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras can be used to strengthen the skin, muscles and tendons. General tonics like Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Suvarna-Parpati, Panchamrut-Parpati, Agnitundi-Vati, Abhrak-Bhasma and Trivang-Bhasma can be used for prolonged periods in order to optimize the metabolism of tissue and thereby reduce all the symptoms of this condition.

People affected with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome need to adopt appropriate life-style modifications in order to adjust to their condition. Regular exercise in moderation is recommended in order to strengthen the muscles that support the joints and thereby minimize joint injury. Contact sports should be avoided. It is equally important to protect the skin from trauma and excessive exposure to the sun.

Colonoscopy – Why I Hesitate To Have One

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends a colonoscopy for everyone beginning around age 50. The purpose of the screening procedure is to look for existing colorectal cancer or signs the disease might develop. Additional colonoscopies are recommended thereafter at 10-year intervals, assuming no problems are discovered. At the ACS website, the procedure is called “uncomfortable and invasive” and suggests “someone drive you home after the procedure.” Preparation for colonoscopy requires “cleaning of the bowel” using a special diet and laxatives for a day before the procedure. There are several potential complications associated with a colonoscopy, including perforation, bleeding and death, again according to the American Cancer Society. The most common complication is perforation, occurring roughly once in every 1,000 procedures, according to a 2009 review published in “Genetics in Medicine.” Death occurs in every 12,500 procedures.

There are other, less invasive options for colorectal cancer screening, including virtual colonoscopy and stool tests, such as fecal immunological tests or fecal DNA. Of course, these are not what American doctors call “the gold standard.” A colonoscopy is the gold standard.

A colonoscopy involves the insertion of a thin, tube-like instrument equipped with a small camera called a “colonoscope” (what else-a periscope?). This mini-dildo-like device is inserted up the rectum where it is threaded throughout the entire colon. The colonoscope enables a visual diagnosis of any incipient colorectal cancer and a biopsy and removal of suspicious lesions. If no lesions are found, suspicious or otherwise, two things happen before the device is removed while the patient is still under sedation: 1) The doctor who performed the procedure is given enough time to get out of town and begin a new life under a government witness protection-like program; and 2) When the drugs wear off and the patient is fully revived, a skilled counselor says something like this to the patient: “Sorry, we did not find a thing wrong with you. You really did not have to go through this. Your colon is fine. Come back and see us again in ten years. We’ll do this to you again.”

No, I’m just kidding-I made that up because here is the really amazing truth of the matter: The patient has been prepared for this highly probable eventuality! And he went through with it, anyway. He is not gobsmacked to learn that it was for naught-he would have been fine if he skipped the whole thing. All he has is some reassurance that he does not have this particular disease or likely to get it soon. There are still hundreds of others laying in wait for the passage of time. How many more tests will he have to learn that he does not have one of them? In any case, this is what he actually hoped to be told about the results of the colonoscopy. At this point, the patient is not only expected NOT to seize the throat of the medicos who did this to him but, on the contrary, he has been programmed to be happy about it all. Thus, he is likely to say something like this: “Oh, thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. I am sooo delighted. You people are the best. I can hardly wait till you do it again to me in ten years.”

I have never paid much attention to what the ACS or other medical organizations recommend concerning one test or another. I have been wary of medical tests, checkups, preventive examinations, risk assessments and all such medical imprecations. There is way too much of this. Such activities have been a part of the medicalization of health for at least half a century. I became aware of the problem as a health planner beginning in the late 60’s. I was immersed in medical policy and research for five years before transitioning into my current role of wellness promoter. I have a Ph.D. in health and public policy. I saw up close and personal the reality and the wasteful, often dangerous consequences of our bloated, dysfunctional medical system. I have written extensively about it.

The problem of health being made a medical issue has only gotten worse. In a recent Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) report, Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, is cited for his estimate that 5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product–$700 billion per year – goes to tests and procedures that do not actually improve health outcomes. He believes that the “unreasonably high cost of health care in the United States is a deeply entrenched problem that must be attacked at its root.”

Physicians claim that colonoscopies are the gold standard of preventive medicine. Well, that may be, but who really needs the gold standard? Everyone over 50, every ten years? The jury is out. What’s more, if you are 50 or over (or someday make it that far), you might want to do some checking to ascertain if the jury has sufficiently rendered a verdict on colonoscopies-and a lot of other tests and procedures done routinely.

In 2008 the American Cancer Society deemed the colonoscopy as the preferred test. Medicare pays for colonoscopies and the new health reform law (PPACA) compels insurance companies to cover them.

Yet, I have reasons for resisting this procedure, besides a general awareness that the medical system is rife with unnecessary testing, some of which can be hazardous to health and wealth. For example, a colonoscopy is three to four times more expensive than a simpler test-a sigmoidoscopy. This entails but a partial “probe” that lasts but a few minutes. There is no sedation, no need to take time off from exercise or work, no jug of laxatives or ghastly emptying of the colon the night before and maybe no need for a gastroenterologist-family or primary care doctor can often do the procedure.) Best of all, the risk of complications (infections, bleeding, incontinence or, worst case scenario death), is seven times less than for the Full Monte big C ordeal.

And here is the gripper: the inventor of the colonoscopy, Al Neugut, wrote an editorial in the JAMA this summer stating that he regrets inventing the colonoscopy. Neugut said, “If today, we were where we were in 1988, I would not institute colonoscopy based on the current evidence.”

As one wag put it, the gold standard of preventive medicine may only be golden from the point of view of physician salaries.

All this is personal. I am almost 74 and I have never had one. Many of my friends find this appalling. My wife and my son have been after me to get it done. And, one of my best mates, a person who I hold in the highest esteem for half a dozen different reasons, has pulled out nearly all stops to persuade me to turn myself in to the colon corps else drastic steps will be taken, including unmasking me as a false wellness prophet.

Charlie Chaplin said, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” When pondering the pros and cons of this procedure, I continue to wrestle with a go/no go decision. I have consulted my ouija board, astrology chart and prayer book. Still, the cases for and against having a colonoscopy seem to balance out. (Yes, of course I’m kidding about the astrology chart and prayer book.)

I admit that, in weighing the two choices, I began and remain biased in favor of the “give it a pass” option. To paraphrase Mr. Chaplin, when seen in close-up, the prospect of undergoing this indignity seems tragic. However, I suspect that if I were to go through with it and discover that the test results enable me to stay on the surface of the planet a good while longer, my hesitation would seem comedic, in retrospect.

Influential people in my life have been after me for many years to have this procedure. This influential group includes my primary care doctor, my son and my wife. Their well-intended concerns are of course highly regarded and appreciated. However, I suspect they are influenced by an excess of caution about lurking future problems combined with too little concern for the unpleasantness of the entire process, and the high probability that it will prove to have been unnecessary. Unfortunately, the pressure to resist no more-to just do it, has been nearly insufferable.

The latest onslaught began about a month ago during a training ride. A cycling friend and champion athlete about my age whom I’ll call “Sandy” asked me if I have had a colonoscopy, lately. I replied that I had not. Upon further interrogation, I had to admit that I had no plans to have one anytime soon. I thought that was the end of it. Not so. Later that morning, I got a lengthy e-mail from him. He claimed that as a “guru of wellness,” my audience expects that I will also take an interest in my own health. He claims that modern colonoscopies (versus what – the kind doctors performed in the Middle Ages?) are quite simplistic and that, at my advanced age, I readily grow things (other than nose hair). By this, he meant there is a high likelihood that one or more polyps would be found in my colon. He called me “a stubborn old goat.” But he softened that by adding that “those of us who admire and love you will be sad if my resistance proves fatal. He ended by warning that if I don’t get a colonoscopy and colon cancer causes my demise, he’ll boycott my funeral and stop reading my weekly wellness newsletter.

All this was very effective and motivational, especially the parts involving flattery. I asked a few associates, including several physician friends, for their opinions on the matter. About half suggested it was unnecessary; the rest said it’s a good idea. The latter, however, did so for reasons that amounted to this: “It will make everyone who is concerned about your best interests feel good if you have it done.”

I realized that if I did have this test, it would be done in order to please my son, my wife, my doctor, Sandy and others who are big fans of colonoscopy. These people all prefer a little discomfort now in order to be on the safe side.

However, a doctor friend in Perth pointed out that some medical groups, including the Preventive Services Task Force, set 75 as the age to stop routine colon cancer screening. His view is that those (like myself) who consume a diet rich in fiber and otherwise live wisely probably don’t need the procedure. He also pointed out that colonoscopies are not promoted in Australia nor are they covered by the Aussie universal health insurance system. He basically does not recommend it. Many others expressed a similar position, some quite strongly given the history in this country of excessive testing, which can be hazardous as well as costly to society.

Well, I’m still on the proverbial fence. I made an appointment with a doctor highly recommended for early February. I plan to take my hesitations and concerns along. Maybe the good doctor will help me to see the light. Maybe not.

Needless to say, at this point I am not recommending for or against the colon screen for anyone else. But, I do recommend you do what I did-read up on the pros and cons and gather all your concerns and questions-and discuss them with a knowledgeable health care professional. If necessary, get a second or third opinion. This is a good idea when considering any kind of invasive medical test or procedure. Then, do what you think is rational. Don’t submit to testing or anything else to please relatives or friends. Even if they threaten to boycott your funeral.

Be well.

Diagnostic Categories of Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration

Three methods are currently used the assess thyroid nodules. These are fine needle aspiration or FNA, thyroid scans, and ultrasound. Of these three, initial FNA is said to be more diagnostically useful and cost effective. Although ultrasound may be able to detect nodules that cannot be detected through palpation, it is still unable to differentiate between a malignant and benign nodule. Thyroid scans, too, can be misleading in interpreting the malignancy of thyroid nodules.

Fine needle aspiration biopsy is a technique wherein a sample of the tissue is aspirated using a fine needle to be assessed. For superficial tissue as in the thyroid, breast, or prostate, the needle is unguided but for deeper tissue, the needle must be guided radiologically.

The Normal Thyroid under the Microscope

Unlike other endocrine glands, the thyroid gland is unique in that it provides extracellular storage for its products inside cyst-like follicles. These follicles contain thyroid hormones good enough for several weeks. They are nearly spherical in shape and surrounded by a single layer of cuboidal cells. These follicles range from 0.2 to 0.9 mm in diameter and are filled with a substance referred to as colloid.

Some cytophathologists believe that there must be at least six clusters of follicular cells of 10 to 20 cells each on two slides for a thyroid biopsy to qualify as benign. A diagnosis of malignancy can be made when there are fewer cells, provided that there are other signs of malignancy present in the specimen.

Cytopathologic Characteristics

Thyroid fine needle aspiration can be difficult and challenging as the amount of tissue on the slides for examination may depend on the method of aspiration. However, the evaluation of thyroid tissue should include the following:

  • The presence or absence of follicles
  • Cell size
  • Staining characteristics of the cells
  • Tissue polarity. This should be considered in cell block specimens only.
  • Presence of nuclear grooves and/or nuclear clearing
  • Presence of nucleoli
  • Presence and type of colloid
  • Monotonous population of either follicular or Hurthle cells
  • Presence of lymphocytes

Benign Lesions

Almost seventy percent of cases of thyroid masses are benign lesions. Although the clinical signs in a patient may favor benign lesions, FNA it does not really mean that FNA should be excluded in the workup. These are the following clinical characteristics of benign thyroid lesions:

  • A sudden onset of pain and tenderness may suggest hemorrhage into a benign adenoma or cyst, or subacute granulomatous thyroiditis, respectively. However, hemorrhage into a cancer may present with similar signs.
  • Symptoms suggesting hyperthyroidism or autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease).
  • Family history of benign nodular disease, Hashimoto’s disease, or autoimmune thyroiditis.
  • A smooth, soft, and easily movable nodule.
  • Multi-nodularity.
  • A midline nodule over the hyoid bone that moves up and down with the protrusion of the tongue is most likely a thyroglossal duct cyst.

Cytological and laboratory characteristics of a benign thyroid nodule are the following:

  • The presence of abundant watery colloid.
  • Foamy macrophages.
  • Cyst or cyst degeneration of a solid nodule.
  • Hyperplastic nodule.
  • Abnormal TSH levels.
  • Lymphocytes and/or high thyroid peroxidase antibody levels. These may suggest Hashimoto’s disease or in rare cases, a lymphoma.

Malignant Lesions

  • Papillary Carcinoma

Papillary carcinoma accounts for about eighty percent of malignant lesions of the thyroid. This type of malignancy includes mixed papillary and follicular variants like the tall cell variant and the sclerosing variant. Two or more of the following cytological characteristics are suggestive of papillary carcinoma:

  • nuclear inclusions, “cleared-out”, “ground glass” or “orphan annie” nuclei
  • nuclear “grooves”
  • overlapping nuclei
  • psammoma bodies (which are rare)
  • papillary projections with fibrovascular core
  • “ropey” colloid

Follicular or Hurthle Cell Neoplasms

The lesions in this diagnostic category express characteristics that could be signs of malignancy but are not truly diagnostic. Factors that point to malignancy include male gender, a nodule size of more than 3 centimeters, and age greater than 40 years.

Definitive diagnosis requires histologic examination of the nodule to observe for capsular or vascular invasion. There are no genetic, histologic, or biochemical tests to date that are routinely used to differentiate between benign or malignant lesions in this category. Several studies show that thyroid peroxidase expression as measured by the monoclonal antibody MoAb 47 improves the specificity of correctly differentiating between benign and malignant neoplasms in FNA specimens. Galectin-3 has also been observed to be highly and diffusely expressed in follicular cell neoplasms but only minimally expressed in benign conditions.

Cytologic or histologic characteristics of a follicular malignancy include:

  • minimal amounts of free colloid
  • high density cell population of either follicular or Hurthle cells
  • microfollicles

Cytologically, these lesions may be reported as:

  • “Hurthle cell neoplasm”
  • “Suspicious for follicular neoplasm”
  • “Follicular neoplasm/lesion”
  • “Indeterminate” or “non-diagnostic”

Medullary Carcinoma

Fifteen percent of malignancies of the thyroid are defined under this category. This type of thyroid malignancy should be suspected in patients with a family history of medullary cancer or multiple endocrine neoplasia Type 2.

Cytologic or histologic characteristics include the following:

  • spindle-type cells with eccentric nuclei
  • positive calcitonin stain
  • presence of amyloid
  • intranuclear inclusions ( which are common)

Anaplastic Carcinoma

In less than one percent of patients with malignant thyroid lesions, the diagnosis is anaplastic carcinoma. This type of malignancy is more common in elderly patients with a fast growing thyroid mass. These patients may have had a slow-growing mass for many years already. It is important that anaplastic carcinoma, which has limited therapy, be differentiated from thyroid lymphoma, for which there are ready treatments.

Cytologic characteristics of anaplastic carcinoma include the following:

  • extreme cellular pleomorphism
  • multinucleated cells
  • giant cells

Thyroid Lymphoma

This is a rare form of thyroid malignancy. A rapid growth of a neck mass in the location of the thyroid gland in an elderly patient, especially in someone with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is suggestive of thyroid lymphoma. Cytologic features that could further point to this diagnosis include:

  • monomorphic pattern of lymphoid cells
  • positive B-cell immunotyping

Although thyroid fine needle aspiration is an important technique in the assessment of thyroid lesions, a patient is always free to ask for a second opinion, especially for something as serious as thyroid carcinoma. As pointed out earlier, it is also important for the examining pathologist or cytologist to differentiate between the different malignancies. A prompt and correct diagnosis could spell the difference between a quality life, disability, or even death.

How Can I Tell If My Vaginal Discharge is Normal & is it Healthy to Have a Vaginal Odor?

What should normal vaginal odor smell like? Well it is evident that from this question that you or maybe someone close may be experiencing an unusual odor coming from the genitals that has you curious. This is a good thing because signs of difference at any time in relation to the vagina should always be checked out no matter how little the change may seem. What is deemed as normal in vaginal discharge has no definite or distinct smell.

When we talk of vaginal odor it is important that a strict hygiene pact is kept because this is usually the primary reason behind a smelly vagina. The vagina needs to be treated like royalty so as to speak giving it the highest standard of care to keep it healthy, and especially at the time of menstruation. An unhealthy vagina will bring odor. Throughout the menstrual cycle it is not uncommon to see a change in vaginal discharge. Discharge particularly at this time can take the form of the not fertile thick and gooey matter to the fertile smooth clear type discharge that shows near to menstruation.

A regular question asked is ‘how will I know if my vaginal discharge is abnormal.’ There is every possibility you will know this right away should something abnormal give rise to change from what you are accustomed to seeing. Abnormal discharge usually brings itchiness, unpleasant smell and a grey yellow or green color discharge. These are all typical symptoms of an abnormality in vaginal secretion and should you experience them then see your GP.

To get the vagina back to a healthy state it will include you seeking treatment for infection if this is the cause of discharge change. Once the root cause is determined it can be treated immediately and rid. Popular infections suffered by women all around the world are bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections or trichomonas vaginitis. Regardless of skin color the female anatomy is no different to the next woman`s and therefore all symptoms and suffering of the same condition will be the same. Nonetheless there will be those differences in how each woman actually copes with her problems due to variance in different aspects.

Remember there is no vaginal infection specifically directed towards one particular woman despite her culture or origin

Can bacterial vaginosis cause a smelly discharge making the vaginal odor appear to smell abnormal? Most definitely yes is the answer. In saying this it does not mean the infection makes you the individual abnormal.

Bacterial vaginosis is the more noted of vaginal diseases affecting women above yeast infections. While we have no true cause to blame for this infection it still remains a common condition we see as a mystery. It is a condition linked to sexual activity and douching. Research came back with, if a sexually transmitted virus that infects vaginal lactobacilli it can cause thick vaginal discharge. Vaginal lactobacilli are a much needed and vital element the body has to have because; it helps maintain a healthy pH and bacterial balance within the vagina. If this balance is given reason to upset by a virus the vagina no longer has protection making it open to infection.

Most problems deriving from vaginal infections are caused by women themselves who encourage the condition to worsen by allowing it to go untreated for long periods of time, and this is not good at all. If bacterial vaginosis is not treated within a safe period it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal pregnancy or pre-term labor if you are pregnant.

Bacterial vaginosis symptoms

Increased vaginal discharge

Fishy odor

White or grey milky discharge

Yeast infection

Antibiotics, giving birth, suffering from diabetes or wearing tight clothes around the crotch; raise the risk of an overgrowth of vaginal yeast. More women today are successfully treating their own yeast infections at home with over the counter creams purchased from the chemist. These same women have said they seen a major improvement in their condition after cutting down on sugar also. Remember this when wanting to prevent yeast infection.

Yeast infection symptoms:

Clotted cheese like texture discharge

Itching

Redness

Skin irritation

Trichomonas vaginitis

Trailing behind BV and yeast infections we have Trichomonas which is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a tiny single celled parasite.

Symptoms:

Excessive loss of vaginal discharge

Possible itching

Redness

Yellow green discharge

Whatever the infection it is best if the nether regions are left bare to ensure the vagina and anus is getting enough air. The cooler you keep this space the better it is all round for many things. Instead of wearing pantyhose wear knee high stockings and replace synthetic fabric with cotton and by doing this the genitals get to breathe helping to clear up infection quicker.

With thrush it is not the actual discharge that is the real problem for women but that of skin irritation, itching burning and soreness. Thrush discharge is not normally smelly and appears whitish.

Although we don`t link cystitis to a vaginal discharge it is however a regular disorder.

Mild cystitis occurs when there are no bacteria but the bladder has suffered irritation. There are many reasons for cystitis happening and like most other vaginal issues it mainly boils down to using scented soaps, perfumed deodorants, or from irritation caused during sexual intercourse. Beverages such as coffee, alcohol and acidic fruit juices cause urine to become acidic leading to irritation of the bladder.

Symptoms may include:

Severe burning and stinging feel when urinating

Wanting to urinate frequently but passing little

A feeling that the bladder is not fully emptied

Vaginal discharge when it first ever appears is usually free of infection or other and your judgment should be based on this when looking for abnormalities. If discharge changes in color texture and consistency from day 1 of it first showing then this could say that your vaginal discharge is not normal.

Guide to Common Dog Vaccines – DHPPV, DA2PPV, DHLPPV, -C

Sometimes this particular vaccine is titled DHPPV, DA2PPV or DHPPV-C or some other similar variation. This particular vaccine is commonly referred to as the “Distemper-Parvo” vaccine or the “5-in-one” or “seven-in-one”. Although there are some differences between them, you can tell what’s in the vaccine based on the letters.

The D in DHPPV stands for Distemper. This airborne disease is actually a virus and attacks the nervous system in dogs causing the dog to have seizures, cough, vomit, and sometimes foam at the mouth. This disease is incredibly contagious and all dogs should be vaccinated with DHPPV as a result. Although secondary infections can be treated, most cases of Distemper are incurable and untreatable. Since this is a neurological disease, all dogs should be vaccinated for Distemper regularly. Puppies should receive a series of DHPPV shots before they are five months of age.

The H in DHPPV stands for Hepatitis also known as canine adenovirus type 2 (therefore when “A2” appears as part of this vaccine abbreviation, it refers to the same disease as the “H”). This disease, like the hepatitis in humans, attacks the liver and is contracted through a healthy dog’s exposure to the feces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of a dog who has the disease. Dogs are especially susceptible to this disease simply because they use their nose to sniff and evaluate their surroundings. Although hepatitis will correct itself in healthy individuals, it does come with symptoms that need treatment. These symptoms include diarrhea and poor immune response. Puppies and weak dogs are especially at risk.

One P in DHPPV stands for Parainfluenza. This is a respiratory tract infection (upper respiratory infection) in dogs, much like a cough or cold in humans. Some symptoms of it include nasal or eye discharge, coughing, and labored breathing. This is different than “kennel cough” or Bordetella, which is a separate vaccine.

One P in DHPPV is for Parvovirus. This is an incredibly contagious, often deadly virus that lives in soil for up to seven to ten years (depending on the study). Infected individuals shed the virus for up to three weeks and it can take up to ten days to two weeks for an infected animal to begin showing signs or symptoms. If an owner believes his or her animal has been exposed to parvo, the dog should be tested (at a vet’s office) and vaccinated if he or she has not yet received the proper doses of the DHPPV vaccine. Parvo is very, very contagious.

Infected animals, usually young dogs and puppies, usually stop eating and drinking, lay around with little energy, and eventually have severe, dark, bloody diarrhea. Although some of these symptoms are the same as hookworm infestations, immediate action is necessary to ensure the dog’s survival. There is no cure for parvo. Dogs will die from the dehydration and intestinal trauma, not the virus. Young dogs and puppies sometimes die within days of the beginning of symptoms.

Overnight care and IV fluids are required to keep dogs hydrated and comfortable while the virus runs it’s course. This treatment often takes a few days and is very expensive. Owners should keep their puppies away from strange, potentially contaminated soil (like parks, strange yards, and dog parks) until the puppy is fully vaccinated (“fully vaccinated” means a series of vaccines 2-3 weeks apart from one another while the animal is still young).

The V stands for “Virus”. CPV, for example, is simply the term used for Canine Parvovirus and is the abbreviation for a vaccine that only covers Parvo.

The L in DHLPPV stands for Leptospirosis. This disease is spread through urine and dogs contract the disease by licking a contaminated surface. Basically, leptospirosis, or lepto, is common mostly in kennels where strange, unknown, potentially contaminated dogs might urinate. The disease affects the liver and causes yellow eyes, lethargy, and sometimes renal failure. Many veterinarians have ceased giving a leptospirosis vaccine due to low risk under most circumstances.

The C in DHPPV-C stands for Coronavirus. This disease is spread through contaminated feces and causes diarrhea and vomiting in the infected dog. Although this disease is easily treated, it does manifest symptoms within three days of contamination. Because of the high level of exposure, kennel dogs are usually vaccinated for this disease.

DHPPV should be given annually to dogs under five years of age. Puppies should be vaccinated with DHPPV every 2 to 3 weeks until they are four months of age.

Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about your animal’s vaccinations.

Liver Ultrasound Preparation

An ultrasound test is a radiology technique, that uses high- frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and structures of the body. The sound waves are sent through body tissues with a device called a transducer. The transducer is placed directly on top of the skin, that has a gel applied to the surface. The sound waves which are sent by the transducer and are transmitted electrically on to a viewing monitor. The echo images are then recorded on a plane film and can also be recorded on video tape. After the ultrasound, the gel is easily wiped off.

Live Ultrasound Technical Term

The technical term for ultrasound testing and recording is “sonography”. Ultrasound testing is painless and harmless. Ultrasound test involve no radiation and studies have not revealed any adverse effects.

Liver Ultrasound Purposes

Ultrasound examinations can be used in various areas of the body for a variety of purposes. These purposes include examination of the chest, abdomen, blood vessels (such as to detect blood clots in leg veins) and the evaluation of pregnancy. In the chest, ultrasound can be used to obtain detailed images of the size and function of the heart. Ultrasound can detect abnormalities of the heart valves, such as mistral valves prolapse, aortic steno sis, and infection (endocarditis). ultrasound id commonly used to guide fluid withdrawal (aspiration) from the chest, lungs or around the heart. Ultrasound is also commonly used to examine internal structures of the kidneys, the ureters, liver, spleen, pancreas, and aorta within the abdomen can be examined. Ultrasound can detect fluid, cysts, tumors or abscess in abdomen or liver.

Impaired blood flow clots or arteriosclerosis in the legs can be detected by ultrasound. Aneurysms of the aorta can also be seen. Ultrasound is also commonly used to evaluate the structure of the thyroid gland in the neck.

An abdominal or liver ultrasound plays a crucial role on diagnosing many liver diseases, including a fatty liver. To get accurate result, its very important to understand and know how you should prepare for a liver ultrasound.

Liver Ultrasound Preparation Guidelines

  1. Do not drink or eat 6 hours before the test.
  2. ON the day before the test do not eat – fresh fruits and vegetables, fired and oily food, milk, eggs, bread.
  3. What you should eat – cooked vegetables, puree,marmalade, honey, roasted bread, soup, and rice
  4. No medications are needed to be taken before Ultrasound

Liver Ultrasound scan is completely painless

Here is estimated procedure:

  1. Lying on to an ultrasound table
  2. A special gel will be spread upon your abdomen
  3. The tester will move a tool called “transducer” (looks like a small wand) over the gel, that will create and capture the most relevant images.
  4. The tester will process and look at the images, and will enter his conclusion
  5. Total estimated time of the test: 2- 30 minutes

How to Get Rid of Garlic Smell

Garlic is easy to grow and can be grown year-round in mild climates. In cold climates, cloves can be planted in the ground about six weeks before the soil freezes, and harvested in late spring. Garlic plants are not attacked by pests. They instead suffer from pink root, a disease that stunts the roots and turns them pink or red. Garlic plants can be grown close together, leaving enough room for the bulbs to mature, and are easily grown in containers of sufficient depth.

A large number of sulfur compounds contribute to the smell and taste of garlic. Diallyl disulfide is believed to be an important odor component. Allicin has been found to be the compound most responsible for the “hot” sensation of raw garlic. This chemical opens thermo TRP (transient receptor potential) channels that are responsible for the burning sense of heat in foods. The process of cooking garlic removes allicin, thus mellowing its spiciness. Due to its strong odor, garlic is sometimes called the “stinking rose.”

Garlic Smell Removal

* What works for onions works for garlic as well. An easy way to remove these smells from your hands is to soap them up and rub them along a stainless steel faucet or knife. It really does work but it must be stainless steel that you’re rubbing, and not any other metal.

How does it work exactly? It’s not really an exact science, but the theory says that the sulfur from the onion/garlic/fish would be attracted to and bind with one or more of the metals in stainless steel.

As such, it’s a win-win situation for the steel (which becomes even more stainless through sulfuric intervention) and your hands (which will become odorless once sulfur binds with the steel). Once the sulfur compounds bind to the steel, then the odor is removed from your fingers.

* Don’t have stainless steel utensils on hand? Squeeze the juice of lemons into a bowl. Dip your hands in the liquid concentrate for 3 minutes, then rinse off. Your hands will smell like fresh lemons instead of garlic!

* Remove garlic smell from a wooden cutting board by covering it with a thick paste made of sodium bicarbonate and a little warm water. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. Baking soda is also good for deodorizing garlic-scented hands, along with a little salt and water.

* Noxzema is another product that’s effective at removing unwanted garlic scent on your hands and body. It’s a skin cleanser marketed by Procter & Gamble that contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus, among other ingredients.

Originally developed as a sunburn remedy, it is also effective as a cure for garlic odors because of its list of odor-fighting, fragrant and medicinal ingredients.

* Get a Prozone Air Purifier; it’s good for keeping your whole house smelling fresh. Eliminate musty basement smell or cooking smells – garlic smells in particular- from your home by using this highly effective device. Unfortunately, there’s a catch to this product’s potency; it’s quite expensive.

* If you want something a little cheaper, you can try Ozium Air Freshener; it’s just a small bottle of deodorizer, but just a little goes a long way. You can get this product at most Wal-Mart branches and some car part dealerships.

Garlic Breath Removal

When eaten in quantity, garlic may be strongly evident in the garlic consumer’s sweat and breath the following day. This is because garlic’s strong-smelling sulfur compounds are metabolized, forming allyl methyl sulfide. Allyl methyl sulfide (AMS) cannot be digested and is passed into the blood. It is carried to the lungs and the skin, where it is excreted. Since digestion takes several hours, and the release of AMS several hours more, the effect of eating garlic may be present for a long time.

* This well-known phenomenon of “garlic breath” is alleged to be alleviated by eating fresh parsley. The herb is, therefore, included in many garlic recipes, such as Pistou, Persillade and the garlic butter spread used in garlic bread.

Since the smell results mainly from digestive processes placing compounds such as AMS in the blood, and AMS is released through the lungs over many hours, eating parsley provides only a temporary masking.

One way of accelerating the release of AMS from the body is the use of a sauna or through any other exercise that makes you sweat and release your bodily toxins.

* The only guaranteed way to prevent garlic breath is simply not to eat garlic; it’s a very effective method.

* Germ-induced garlic breath can be reduced by usual oral hygiene methods. Standard stinky breath solutions include regular use of mouthwash, as well as brushing and flossing teeth after every meal.

* There are also commercial bad breath medicines available that are more powerful than the usual mouthwashes you can buy in shops. These are available from your doctor, your pharmacist or the Internet.

* Some people also claim that chewing cardamom seeds has a similar effect to parsley and can work as a garlic breath remedy. Cardamom has a very strong flavor, so this might not be an option for some people.

* Knobexol is the perfect agent against garlic, alcohol and cigarette smell. This special, patented herb mix neutralizes the “smell” agent of garlic in your body. This is the determining difference to the common agents that only cover the smell.

It prevents garlic smell in your breath and from your skin. The active substances of the garlic are neutralized by a special herb mix (and are not just covered or masked by stronger, more pleasant smells!). The problem with garlic odor after a good dinner will be perfectly resolved with this phenomenal product.

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How to Protect Yourself From Violent Crime, Homicide, and Property Crime

According to the FBI, in 2008, the U.S. violent crime, homicide, and property crime rates were 454.5, 5.4, and 3,213 respectively, per 100,000 population. Not taking into account the city you live in, your personal demographics, or how you spend your time, this means that the odds of becoming a victim of a violent crime or homicide are roughly 0.46%, and the odds for property crime are 3.21%.

You NEED to take this seriously, because there are simple steps you can take to decrease your personal risk. It is essential that you understand how to protect yourself, your family and your property if presented with a dangerous situation. See below for two simple lists (by no means exhaustive).

How to Protect Yourself from Violent Crime and Homicide

• Complete at least an introductory self defense class – I have been taking Krav Maga for three years now, but five 1-hour, weekly classes at any reputable school can be fun and make an amazing difference in your overall safety. Bring a friend, and you can train together.

• Carry some type of self defense product with stopping power – Many people don’t want to carry a gun or knife, and for good reason: These are expensive, often difficult to carry, and can end someone’s life. Technology has advanced, and Tasers, Stun Guns, and Pepper Spray are inexpensive, easy to carry and inconspicuous, cause no permanent damage, and generally have MORE stopping power.

• Carry a personal alarm – In addition to a product with stopping power, personal alarms serve as a HUGE deterrent for would-be attackers. These fit on your keychain and, often times, have conveniences such as a flashlight.

• Evaluate how and where you spend your time – Make smart decisions that don’t put you in dangerous situations: Avoid certain bars, park under street lights, don’t walk the city alone, lock your doors and windows, limit your alcohol intake. Consider the many small decisions you make on a day-to-day basis that could affect

As a final note, notice that the title of this article is “How to Protect Yourself From Violent Crime, Homicide, and Property Crime,” not “How To Avoid Becoming a Victim” or “How To Not Get Attacked.” This is intentional: While there are many important decisions you can make to avoid dangerous situations, you should never think of personal safety as things you’re NOT doing. Make choices, take steps, and DO whatever it takes to protect yourself, your family, and your property.

How to Protect Yourself from Property Crime

• Have some type of self defense product with stopping power accessible – Many people don’t own a gun, and for good reason: These are expensive, dangerous to have in the home, and can end someone’s life. Technology has advanced, and Tasers, Stun Guns, and Pepper Spray are inexpensive, easy to use, cause no permanent damage, and generally have MORE stopping power.

• Install some form of home security system – Some people like having fully automated security systems. The important thing with a security system is that it has an alarm of some type, because these are great deterrents. You can get simple home alarms to place in windows etc…. I know some people that don’t have a full system, but put the ADT sign outside as a deterrent-I don’t know how ADT feels about this, but I hope they’re happy to help deter criminals. Don’t rely on the system calling the company or 911; response times average around 30 minutes. Cameras are great to have, but they are useful only for assigning liability after the fact. The safety of you and your family is the most important.

• Evaluate where you choose to live – Consider the type of neighborhood you move into: Look up crime statistics in your neighborhood using local government websites. Consider the type of building you move into: Houses, apartments, and condos all have different risks to consider which must be considered on a case-by-case basis. Consider the local school system: This is one of the best indicators of the safety of the neighborhood. These considerations become even more important as you purchase a home and/or have kids.

As a final note, notice that the title of this article is “How To Protect Yourself From Crime,” not “How To Avoid Becoming a Victim” or “How To Not Get Attacked.” This is intentional: While there are many important decisions you can make to avoid dangerous situations, you should never think of personal safety as things you’re NOT doing. Make choices, take steps, and DO whatever it takes to protect yourself, your family, and your property.

Disc Desiccation – What Can I Do to Fix My Disc Desiccation and Get Rid of the Pain? (For Real)

A disc desiccation is the result of the partially drying up of the nucleus pulposus, which is the jelly-like part of the spinal discs. It is the earliest visible sign of a more serious disc degeneration and should not be underestimated. Even if some disc desiccation sufferers have no signs of pain or discomfort, the situation can become worse as time goes by.

In order to alleviate or prevent the pain, a number of treatments can be taken into consideration:

Different kinds of medication (pain-killers, anti-inflammatory etc.) can stop the pain from coming back. This treatment option should only be used in combination with a physiotherapy or a chiropractic program. Taking these kinds of drugs for a longer time span than a few weeks can be dangerous. Some of the most common side-effects caused by anti-inflammatory drugs are severe ulcer perforations and gastrointestinal bleeding (not to mention that people even die from side-effects).

A surgery should only be taken into consideration if all other treatment options failed to relieve the pain. Unfortunately it is proven that more than half of the back surgeries fail to fulfill their purpose of reducing the pain. On top of that, after a (probably failed) surgery, the patients have to go through an exhausting recovery period that can even lead you to take more drugs (and endure the side-effects that come with them.

For lasting results the real root cause of the problem must be identified.

The pain sufferers have to completely figure out what is going on, which muscles are too weak (or too strong, for the sake of completeness). Only by being absolutely informed about their condition they can develop and use a targeted treatment program that suits their specific and unique situation.

Does Milk Help Acid Reflux?

When people suffer with acid reflux or heartburn, one of the biggest priorities is finding remedies to make the discomfort go away. One of the biggest debates surrounding this disease is does milk help acid reflux and its symptoms. The true answer to whether or not milk can help is simply yes and no. Milk may actually prove itself to be effective as a short term cure for the effects of heart burn and acid reflux, but while it tends to be an excellent treatment for some people, others are not as lucky.

Understanding whether or not milk is capable of helping should begin with an understanding of what acid reflux is and how it affects the body. The principal symptom of heart burn or acid reflux is an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest. The principal culprit for this burning sensation is the lower esophageal sphincter, also known as the LES, which occasionally causes acidic contents from the stomach to pass up into the esophagus. What makes this happen is two different factors: The first is the unusual pressure that is created within the stomach, and the second is the weak muscles in the LES being unable to hold the stomach contents back.

Some medications may be capable of helping the LES tighten up more effectively, the situation can still be aggravated beyond control when there is too much acid secretion. At this point, you would need to make use of acid inhibitory drugs which are designed to neutralize the stomach’s acidity, better controlling the pressure that is normally created there.

Milk is regarded as a substance that is both alkaline and acidic, and depending on which school of thought you follow, may or may not be looked at as capable of neutralizing the acidity of the stomach to a greater extent. Because milk has a pH value of 6.7, some people feel that it is too acidic to be beneficial to the acidity of your stomach. Still, it may be alkaline enough to neutralize the acidity of the stomach without necessarily reducing it.

What both schools of thought do appear to agree upon is that if milk should be capable of neutralizing the stomach acidity in order to help with acid reflux and heart burn, the best type of milk to use should be completely fat free milk. It is believed that milk is capable of providing a soothing and protective layer in the stomach and esophagus, protecting sensitive tissue from the harmful burn from the acid reflux. The fatty part of the milk is capable of creating further acidity which is why nonfat milk is the preferred method when trying to combat the acidity of the stomach.

Many people assume that the best type of milk for combating acid reflux is the purest, most natural milk that you can find with as little fat as possible. When you remove the fat, antibiotics, processing and other things from the milk, it may be much more capable of helping fight against the uncomfortable symptoms once and for all. While milk does not seem capable of helping everyone with acid reflux, it does certainly seem capable of helping some people making it well worth trying.  Then, you can definitively answer the question does milk help acid reflux?

Penis Enlargement – What’s HOT and What’s NOT

There’s lots of alternatives out there for Penis Enlargement. Let’s try and rate them: 

HOT means it works.

Semi-HOT means it has potential.

NOT means it’s not.

Penis Pills – NOT

Take a class in pharmacology. There are basically two types of drugs – sympathomimetics and parasympathomimetics. One targets the sympathetic nervous system, the other targets the parasympathetic nervous system. If you think you can ingest some pills orally, then have these pills broken down by the gastro-intestinal system, then sent out into your entire blood stream, then filtered through your liver, and then magically make their way to your penis and make it bigger, well, then I wish you the best of luck. 

Penis Patches – NOT

My penis doesn’t smoke. Why would I put a patch on it?

Electro-Muscle Stimulation – Semi-HOT

In physiotherapy, most electric-stim reduces edema which is the opposite of the effects you’d want to achieve in penile growth. However, I can see applying some Russian-Stim to the bottom of the penis might encourage strengthening of the Bulbospongiosus Muscle. This won’t make you larger but it might build up this muscle to increase the intensity of your orgasm. 

Jelqing – HOT

Jelqing is a biomechanical method of penis enlargement. It works. 

Penis Pumps – HOT

Penis pumps have been proven to increase enlargement, but not by much. However, when used in conjunction with Jelqing and Stretching they are an invaluable device to get the most out of your penis exercises, when used post-exercising they are a great accelerant to your penile growth.

Penis Surgery/Injections – NOT

I would never let a surgeon cut into my penis or inject me with a foreign material. But that’s my personal opinion. 

Myofascial Unlocking – HOT

Myofascial Unlocking is a biomechanical method of getting rid of the knots in your system. Myofascial knotting is one of the reasons your penis gets smaller with age.

Growth Hormone Stimulation – HOT

Human Growth Hormone definitely has potential to increase muscle mass and tissue. It’s a complex protein-based hormone of nearly 200 amino acids. Amino acids are imperative to penile function and performance. I’d say this has great potential but correct stimulation and getting it to the penile tissue is a different story. It’s comparable to taking steroids, if they enter the body externally; but if one can stimulate GH through natural and endogenous methods, this sounds very promising; especially while biomechanically exercising the penis. GH also does wonders for the health and quantity of sperm. The best way to boost GH is through hard-core exercising, like body-building. So work out the body, then work out the penis to get the best out of GH as an accelerant for your enlargement program. Non-organic milk has GH and Testosterone as a by-product of the Bovine Growth Hormone given to cows to produce more milk for a longer time. It’s not the healthiest stuff, but, “Got Milk?”

Stretching – HOT

Stretching of the ligaments of the penis is one biomechanical method of penis enlargement that actually works.

Biochemicals – Semi-HOT

Biomolecular methods certainly have potential to have an affect on the penis. Proper targeting and stimulation needs to be addressed. I see potential here; I’m just wondering if we have all the right data and ability to exploit it. Biochemistry is an extremely complex science that we are just beginning to understand how it really works.

How CAN Penis Enlargement Work?

Your genetic disposition (that’s your DNA – the program that determines how you will physically turn out to be) determines your penis size and length. Apart from trauma and circumcision, you’re pretty much stuck with one size for the rest of your life… Or maybe not…

Man was gifted a penis unlike other primates and most other mammals, a penis that is elastic and plastic in nature. That means it has elasto-plastic biophysical properties and that means that biomechanically it CAN be increased in size and length. But it takes work. You can’t change a bio-physical object through some magic pill or magic patch. YOU HAVE TO PHYSICALLY RE-EDUCATE ITS COMPOSITIONAL STRUCTURE. If you are willing to put in 10 minutes a day; you can change your size. Really, guys, that’s basically the main way to do it, apart from surgery.

The Difference Between Guarana and Caffeine in Brain and Heart Health

The Indians of the Amazon River Basin have been using guarana (guaranine)to prevent fatigue and increase physical endurance since before recorded history.

Unlike caffeine, guarana is full of healthy fatty acids. Good fat gives guaranine a slow release. Its effect gradually increases over a period of hours. It doesn’t pick you up and throw you down like quick release caffeine,or cause nervous, jittery energy.

Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. Hundreds of studies have proven it’s mental performance boost. One, published in Neurology found that three cups of coffee a day cuts your risk of mental decline by over 50%.

Coffee gives a short burst of energy, but overheats and overstimulates your body. Guaranine has a cooling action that revitalizes and relaxes – much more beneficial! You get energy and alertness but remain calm.

Paullina cupana, this Rain Forest herb with guaranine, works its magic by releasing acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, in your brain. This brain chemical lets your nerve cells fire through the gap that exists between the trillions of neurons in your brain.

Thus, your mind is sharp and your memory is clear. Morning coffee releases acetylcholine which gives you the buzz.

But… coffee DEPLETES your reserve of acetylcholine. Guaranine is slow acting with none of the caffeine side effects but it works in the same way. Eventually you lose your reserve of acetylcholine.

But if you trigger a release of acetylcholine with CHOLINE, and then rebuild your reserves you can sustain the amazing rush of clarity over the long term.

Choline is the primary building block for acetylcholine. Your brain burns it up 24/7 to maintain clear communication for all the basics like thought, memory and sleep, even how you move.

That means your sense of balance and stability is controlled by choline-built-acetylcholine

Your supply of choline drops as you get older, and you can expect some or all of these symptoms:

  • Poor recall and memory loss.
  • Fatigue or lack of energy.
  • Brain fog and/or a sense of confusion.
  • Problems falling asleep, tossing and turning.
  • Unable to catch on, or learn new things.
  • Feeling distracted or irritable.
  • Walking with a wobbly or shaky gait, unable to stay balanced

When choline levels drop, your brain goes on a scavenger hunt and extracts choline from nerve cell membranes. This last resort is called “auto-cannibalism” and it’s very dangerous.

No surprise, Alzheimer’s patients have very low levels of acetylcholine. As the disease progresses, it’s the choline neurons that show the most damage.

Put more choline into your body! Your brain gets more of the neurotransmitter that keeps your mind alert and your memory fresh.

When you combine choline and guaranine you get a bigger release of acetylcholine – more than taking guaranine by itself. That results in the feeling of energy and mental power. But instead of depleting your reserves, you build them up.

Choline and guaranine are enough to repair and rejuvenate your aging brain. But there’s another key brain booster essential to a better formula: DMAE.

Clinical studies show DMAE can:

  • Boost IQ
  • Accelerate mental speed and your ability to process thoughts and ideas
  • Improve your concentration and eliminate early morning “fogginess”
  • Relieve the symptoms of mild depression
  • Decrease irritability and over activity Increase attention without causing drowsiness

Choline also brings down your levels of both homocysteine and CRP, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Kefir Grains – Lowering Your Cholesterol

Though cholesterol is essential for many functions in the human body, high levels of it may contribute to anything from high blood pressure to coronary heart disease, and lowering your cholesterol now by eating healthier, exercising and avoiding sugars, saturated fats, and starches may prevent a lot of serious health problems down the road and play a role in decreasing them as you get older.

Healthy cholesterol levels act as a precursor to certain hormones and vitamins, and is a component to generating healthy cell membranes and nerve cells. However, elevated levels of total blood cholesterol or other blood lipids contribute to developing a number of health problems including coronary heart disease. It has been researched that probiotics significantly reduce harmful lipids by assimilating cholesterol in the digestive tract and reducing the absorption of dietary cholesterol from the digestive system into the blood.

Cutting down on calories and reducing saturated fat and bad cholesterol (LDL) in the diet will increase optimum health, and adding probiotics and beneficial bacteria to your regular diet aids in food absorption, keeping cholesterol levels within healthy ranges. Cultured dairy products have been shown to reduce serum cholesterol, as well as triglycerides that are harmful to the body, and probiotics such as yogurts and kefir grains offer a safer way to clean up excess cholesterol without the side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Cultured dairy products such as yogurt decreases serum cholesterol levels in humans and rabbits and every one percent reduction in serum cholesterol concentration is associated with an estimated 2-3% reduction in risk for coronary heart disease.. Regular intake of fermented milk, which is what kefir originates from, contains an appropriate strain of L. acidophilus has the potential of reducing risk for coronary heart disease by 6-10%. Lactobacillus acidophilus, present in probiotics such as kefir, decreases serum cholesterol levels as well.

Food absorption and liver functions improve beneficial bacteria, and when consumed on a regular basis help keep cholesterol levels within healthy ranges. Assimilation of cholesterol in the digestive tract, such as the small intestine, may be important in reducing the absorption of dietary cholesterol from the digestive system into the blood.

Probiotics offer a safe way to clean up excess cholesterol without the side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs, which, like many strong medicines,may be indiscriminate in targeting the root problem, much like a tactical nuclear missile which wipes out the problem but also results in a lot of collateral damage. A good way to assist probiotics in lowering your serum cholesterol is to reduce the intake of both alcohol and saturated fats, processed sugars, and to exercise on a regular basis in addition to the intake of probiotics such as water kefir to your diet daily. This is preventative medicine, which offers many benefits to aid you in the long run as opposed to being short-sighted and creating many health problems you don’t need.

In short, though many different behaviors contribute to lowering your cholesterol such as a healthy diet and exercise, probiotics such as kefir grains as an addition to your daily food intake will help you in this endeavor and provide many other benefits to your health as well.

Pancreatic Cancer: Acai Berry Can Help

On CNN, a story broke that may change the lives of many people who are predisposed to pancreatic cancer. As you probably know, this is one of the most lethal forms of cancer, in part because it is usually diagnosed too late. But, with the use of regular anti-oxidants, of which Acai Berry is one, you may be able to prevent this type of cancer and lead a happier, healthier, and much longer life.

Isn’t This Just a Diet Drug?

Acai Berry is traditionally thought of as a diet supplement, and a very powerful one, but it is also extremely high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help to fight the free radicals that cause disease and when they are taken throughout your life, you will be healthier.

The power that this berry has is that it acts as an appetite suppressant, which means that you will be able to stick to any diet with very little trouble. Not only will you eat less at each meal, but you will be less prone to snacking, too. It is also a metabolic booster which means that it will give you more energy and that means you will burn more calories, too.

As far as its oxidization properties go, it is able to help you to mobilize fat stores, particularly those that are known as belly fat. This type of fat has been traditionally difficult to get rid of, but with the addition of this nutritional supplement, you will be able to have more energy and lose body fat, too. The fact that it will help you to prevent pancreatic cancer as well as other types of cancer makes it even that much better of a nutritional supplement, for both overweight people and people who are a healthier size but want to do what they can to avoid diseases such as cancer.

One of the reasons why an Acai Berry supplement is preferred over other supplements is because it is so high in anti-oxidants and it also has a variety of other nutrients that can help to keep you healthy, including Vitamin C, E, and when you buy a product like Acai Berry Select, it also contains green tea extract and chromium, which are both extremely good for you.

How Does This Fight Pancreatic Cancer

It is very difficult for most people to get enough antioxidants in their normal diet to affect their overall health, and you probably aren’t likely to eat an entire bowl (or two!) of berries every single day of your life. But, by adding an Acai Berry supplement to your daily vitamins, you will be able to get the amount of anti-oxidants that you need without increasing your daily caloric intake.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often difficult to notice and it may be that you have the cancer growing for some time before you are ever diagnosed, and that means your chance for survival are very low. However, with the addition of regular amounts of anti-oxidant foods, you will be more likely to be able to keep your pancreas and your other organs (liver, kidneys, heart) in better shape. In fact, anti-oxidants have also been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Are All Acai Products the Same?

You may have heard of an Acai Berry scam online, and that is why you need to make sure that you are using only the highest quality Acai Berry product. Right now that would be Acai Berry Select, which is only sold online. It has an extremely high level of anti-oxidants, vitamins, and will help you to lose weight and improve your overall health.

The Vital Biotin Hair Growth Vitamins – How They Work

Biotin hair growth vitamins are essential for anyone concerned with hair loss and those who wish to re grow hair. Biotin is the primary constituent in the natural hair growth process – it’s essential to not only to grow new hair, but it’s also a major factor in the lifelong health of skin and nails.

Biotin is an element found in vitamin B and is also present in certain foods such as liver and eggs. However, it would require a massive quantity of liver and eggs to offer the 5mg. of biotin necessary to promote healthy hair and nails. A biotin supplement can supply the body with the appropriate amount of biotin needed for hair growth and to avoid hair loss without the extra calorie intake you would receive from eating more liver and eggs.

Biotin aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It is a crucial part of several enzymes and plays a major role in energy metabolism. The biggest advantage of biotin however, is its capability to strengthen hair and nails.

Popular hair growth treatments such as Minoxidil and Propecia recommend taking biotin supplements in addition to the products in order to increase positive results.

Foods with biotin include green peas, oats, soybeans, walnuts, brown rice and sunflower seeds. Foods such as egg yolks also have high volumes, however studies have shown Biotin binds easily to proteins, making them undeliverable to the body, which in turn creates biotin deficiency and may lead to hair loss.

To prevent hair loss, the body needs its proper intake of biotin. Supplements often include biotin as well as other vitamins and herbs that help the hair growth process.